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Southwest Chicken Salad {Please Comment and Help Me Win a Recipe Contest!}


When Jen asked me to be part of a virtual BBQ I thought it sounded like fun, however, the part about contributing an original recipe using Philadelphia Cooking Creme sounded a little scary. In some areas I’m as creative as the next girl, but in others I’m a rule follower, or a recipe follower in this case. I don’t wing it and I don’t invent my own recipes.

Until this Southwest Chicken Salad! 

I enjoyed the process of creating the recipe in my head and then pulling it together, juggling quantities and proportions until the reality equaled my imagination. At the bottom of this post you’ll find links to all nine participants in this virtual BBQ: visit them for more summer picnic ideas.

The post with the most comments TODAY ONLY wins $500 and a year’s worth of Philadelphia Cooking Creme. Voting is only open for 24 hours and I would truly appreciate your comment on this post!

Let’s begin:



My recipe evolved as it progressed, so the original ingredient picture needs editing. I’ll explain the changes as I go.


First, drizzle four boneless skinless chicken breasts with olive oil (spreading it on both sides) and bake them at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. While they’re cooking, prep the other ingredients. (Update: I usually sprinkle chili powder on the chicken breasts before baking.)

ripe avocado chart

It’s been a while since I’ve bought avocados and mine (the green ones in the ingredients picture) weren’t ripe. If you’re unsure about selecting avocados, look the chart above (click it for more info) or those perfectly ripe beauties in the picture below. (Yes, I went back to the store for more. They’re worth it!)



Cut the avocados in half vertically and scoop out the pit with a spoon. The peel of a ripe avocado comes off easily and the inside is slightly mushy, slightly firm. Chop it into chunks and put them in a small mixing bowl.



Slice the kernels off of three ears of fresh, uncooked corn and toss them in a medium bowl.

Usually I make chicken salad with celery and grapes: I love the crunch of the first and the sweetness of the second. Fresh corn provides both the crunch and the sweetness of those ingredients, which I omitted in this southwest version.

It’s my recipe and I can cry omit if I want to.




Slice and dice the chicken and a red onion and mix with the corn.


Snip fresh cilantro and add to the avocado for extra kick. I used about 2/3 of the little cup that you see in the ingredients photo on top.



Add one container of Philadelphia Cooking Creme Santa Fe Blend and half a cup of sour cream to the avocados and cilantro and gently stir. Don’t mash those lovely chunks of avocado!

Pour it over the chicken/corn/onion mixture and stir until coated. Spoon a generous portion over lettuce on a croissant, or however you like to eat your chicken salad.




My 10-year-old son (not the one pictured) said, “It looks like throw up, but it tastes like something from heaven.” That’s about the best compliment I could hope for from a self-proclamed hater of chicken salad. He also said, “It’s very good. You could easily win.”

Help me prove him right?

The post with the most comments wins $500 and your comment on this post equals a vote for my recipe!

4.7 from 62 reviews
Southwest Chicken Salad
Recipe type: Main
Chicken salad with a southwest flair!
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 carton Philadelphia Cooking Creme Santa Fe Blend
  • 3 ears fresh corn
  • 1 red onion
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • cilantro, to taste
  1. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle chili powder over chicken breasts (spreading it on both sides) and bake them at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  2. Cut avocados in half, remove pit, peel, and then chop into chunks and put in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Slice the kernels off of fresh, uncooked corn and toss them in a medium bowl.
  4. Slice and dice the chicken and red onion and mix with the corn.
  5. Snip fresh cilantro and add to the avocado.
  6. Add Philadelphia Cooking Creme Santa Fe Blend and sour cream to the avocados and cilantro and gently stir.
  7. Pour it over the chicken/corn/onion mixture and stir until coated.
  8. Spoon over lettuce on a croissant, or however you like to eat your chicken salad.
  9. Enjoy!

Come join our Virtual Summer BBQ, hosted by Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

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{ 219 comments… add one }

  • Bryan May 23, 2012, 10:05 am

    Looks great, can’t wait to eat some.

  • Jo May 23, 2012, 10:19 am

    I am a new reader to your blog and just came across this yummy looking recipe! I pinned it so I could try it out! I thought I would leave a comment and see if I can help you win! The salad looks amazing (and I love the comment from your son about it looking like throw up but tasting like heaven! That is so funny!) Good luck!

  • Kelly @ Wisdom Begun May 23, 2012, 10:28 am

    I am definitely going to have to try this out. Have never used the cooking cream before, so this will be a first. Looks delicious!

  • Cindy May 23, 2012, 10:29 am

    Yum! Can I come over for one?! Good luck!

  • Robin ~ PENSIEVE May 23, 2012, 10:40 am

    Good gravy, Dawn…what a fresh spin on chicken salad! The ingredients are all delicious so this must TASTE fantastic!

    Good luck!!
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  • Brenda Perez May 23, 2012, 10:41 am

    Thanks for a great recipe idea, Dawn. I do love the Philadelphia Cooking Creams, but I am sure am tired of the chicken enchilada idea. This sounds great and pretty easy. And I think it looks quite elegant on the pretty croissant.

  • Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy May 23, 2012, 10:45 am

    That looks amazing!! I love chicken salad.
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  • Jill Chandler May 23, 2012, 10:47 am

    Looks Yummy! I love Philly’s flavored cream cheeses, and now I have a new flavor to try! :)

  • Angel May 23, 2012, 10:47 am

    Oh this does sound like heaven! I LOVE avocados, the rest of my family do not… but that just means more for me! I also love chicken salad sandwiches… I will be trying this one for sure!

    Good luck!
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  • Sharon May 23, 2012, 10:50 am

    Looks yummy! I’ll definitely have to try this one. Beautiful photography and step-by-step instructions.

  • Meghan @JaMonkey May 23, 2012, 10:50 am

    This looks so yummy! Pinning it to try later!
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  • emily freeman May 23, 2012, 10:51 am

    Wow! That looks amazing, Dawn. I’m so making this. Absolutely. I vote for you!
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  • Darleen Priday May 23, 2012, 10:54 am

    Looks so yummy! I am going to try it!

  • Kristy May 23, 2012, 10:56 am

    This sounds delicious!!! Thanks for creating and sharing! I love the idea about using the croissant; that seems like it would just send the whole sandwich over the top! Great idea! :)

  • Deidra May 23, 2012, 10:58 am

    I’m making this. For real. And yes, of course! I vote for you! And not just when it comes to chicken salad!

  • Ann May 23, 2012, 10:58 am

    Dawn, this makes lunch not seem soon enough!

  • Shannon Wallace May 23, 2012, 10:59 am

    Absolutely yummy looking! I must try that soon!!! I’ve never bought the Philly cooking cream, but will put it on my list. ;) You post is cute and made me smile with the avacados! LOL
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  • Jennifer_Studio JRU May 23, 2012, 10:59 am

    OH my goodness… chicken salad has never looked so delicious. Your recipe and photos have my mouth watering Dawn!! Seriously. Need this for lunch today! :)
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  • Jessica @ The Mom Creative May 23, 2012, 11:00 am

    Okay, this looks AMAZING! I just bought some Philadelphia Cooking Cream and now I wish I had bought this flavor!
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  • Rebecca May 23, 2012, 11:04 am

    Looks delicious! Definitely will try :)

  • Bonnie Buckingham May 23, 2012, 11:04 am

    That makes me hungry and delicious! I will try it this summer!
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  • Jessie May 23, 2012, 11:07 am

    Looks SOOO good.

  • Shirlee May 23, 2012, 11:07 am

    This recipe sounds delicious! My son and hubby are big fans of anything south western. I will have to try this recipe as part of our Memorial Day celebrations!

  • Theda Hardy May 23, 2012, 11:10 am

    This sounds wonderful! I love Southwestern/Mexican dishes and this sounds like a great “cool” one for the summertime. Can’t wait to try it out.

  • Lana May 23, 2012, 11:13 am

    We needed a chicken recipe. I love simple! :)
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  • Bill Jensen May 23, 2012, 11:14 am

    I love making chicken salad variations. I would not have thought of putting these ingredients together but can imagine them being delightful. This will be on our Friday night picnic menu. Thinking of either serving it in a wrap or by itself with flour tortillas on the side.

  • Teresa Norris May 23, 2012, 11:21 am

    This is going to be on today’s menu! Thank you for posting this, Dawn…I do use Philadelphia Cooking Cremes, and am glad to have a new recipe to try. Thank you for the recipe, the lovely step-by-step photo instructions. Can’t wait to report back about how the family likes it!
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  • Tammy Jones May 23, 2012, 11:21 am

    This looks yummy! I’m not sure about the avocados, but I’m willing to give them a try.

  • Vicky May 23, 2012, 11:22 am

    I just printed the recipe, can’t wait to make !1 Best Wishs to you!

  • Kristal May 23, 2012, 11:27 am

    Wow, that looks delicious! I’ve used those creme sauces before and didn’t like them, but this recipe makes me want to try again!
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  • Tammy Lee May 23, 2012, 11:31 am

    It looks awesome. I think we may have that for dinner tonight. Good luck.

  • Gra May 23, 2012, 11:38 am

    I am very particular about chicken salad. This one I cannot wait to try. Thanks so much for the detailed outline of the maturation of avocados! I had no idea and generally bring home the wrong ones. Ready for a taste of heaven!

  • Renee May 23, 2012, 11:38 am

    What a great idea! It looks yummy…I guess I’m off to the market now :) Good luck!

  • Monica Sharman May 23, 2012, 11:41 am

    Anything with cilantro, avocado, and red onion has got to be good. :)

  • Chloe May 23, 2012, 11:44 am

    thats soo good! yumm… (: hope you win!!!!!!!

  • Janene May 23, 2012, 11:46 am

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe. Looks delicious.

  • Dianne - Bunny Trails May 23, 2012, 11:47 am

    While I’m not personally a fan of chicken salad, this does sound pretty amazing. And I’m sure hubby would LOVE it – especially with the avocado – he’s a huge fan of those! May have to prepare some for him.
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  • Dawn McArtor May 23, 2012, 11:47 am

    This looks great! I’m always looking for ways to ad
    Avacadoe and it will be a great light summer dinner with fresh fruit as a side!

  • Tracy May 23, 2012, 11:51 am

    Looks delish!

  • Janice Kay May 23, 2012, 11:53 am

    Best EVER…..Thanks for sharing .

  • laura May 23, 2012, 11:54 am

    Oh, my lands, this looks good. I am such a sucker for anything with avocado. Good luck on the contest! I think this one is a winner.
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  • Janis Meredith May 23, 2012, 11:58 am

    Looks delish! I will have to give it a try. Leave it to a kid to say it like it is!
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  • Sara May 23, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing! We just got on the avocado train and now I can’t get enough! This is perfect! Thanks!

  • Katrina May 23, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!!

  • Kris May 23, 2012, 12:08 pm

    That looks amazing, Dawn!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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  • Women Living Well May 23, 2012, 12:12 pm

    It’s lunch time here and you just made me REALLY hungry! lol! Looks GREAT!
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  • Sandy May 23, 2012, 12:14 pm

    I love chicken salad and I am always looking for a different take on the traditional Southern recipe. This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it on my family! Yum!

  • Michele Cushatt May 23, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Printing the recipe now! With 3 teenage boys and 3 littles (5, 5, & 6), I need all the looks-like-throwup-but-tastes-like-heaven recipes I can find. Thanks!
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  • DeAnna May 23, 2012, 12:19 pm

    Great job! I’m like you when it comes to cooking, I prefer to follow a recipe! Looks delicious. Love the last photo.

  • Cheryl Beynon May 23, 2012, 12:23 pm

    I look forward to trying your recipe, Dawn. I like chicken salad, and my youngest LOVES avocado and corn! Thanks for sharing.

  • max May 23, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Looks delicious and I myself am not a fan of chicken salad normally. May have to try this.

  • Diane H May 23, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Perfect. I just got a coupon for $1.50 off and I was wondering how to use Philly Creme in the summer – great creation!
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  • Donna May 23, 2012, 12:35 pm

    This looks yum….I like the fresh, crunchy corn concept. =]
    Feel free to send us over a!

  • Christa Elzey May 23, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Sounds delish! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  • Chris May 23, 2012, 12:45 pm

    Looks yummy and easy to make!

  • trinity May 23, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Looks easy and yummy!

  • Sarah May 23, 2012, 12:54 pm

    Wow – sounds like you’ve put a lot of effort in.

  • Christine Brown May 23, 2012, 12:59 pm

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Tracy May 23, 2012, 1:11 pm

    This looks delicious — and I love the avacado graphic. I am going to study it! :)

  • Oh my gosh, this looks delectable! I am certainly going to try this out!! Great photos too!!

  • Heidi May 23, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Looks like a great selection for dinner tonight! Thank you for sharing.

  • Stephanie Hanes May 23, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Oh yum! I LOVE that this has avocados in it. Unfortunately, I’d have to substitute the cream cheese due to dairy intolerance here, but the recipe looks amazing!
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  • Lee May 23, 2012, 2:09 pm

    looks awesome, I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  • Christian May 23, 2012, 2:15 pm

    i’m the model from the last picture and it was tasty trust me!

  • Nancy May 23, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Of course your first original recipe would be southwestern. Too funny! It sounds yummy, i hope you win.

  • Jackie Moody May 23, 2012, 2:29 pm

    This sounds delish I’m going to try this over the summer.

  • Jennifer@GDWJ May 23, 2012, 2:30 pm

    1 — I am sooo trying this.

    2 — I think this is probably Jillian-approved.

    3 — I think it’s fun that brilliant literary agent (and awesome chef) Bill Jensen is here in the comment box.

    Have a great day. I hope you win. :)
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  • Pam Daugherty May 23, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Wow! That looks fantastic. I love corn and red onion together, needed an excuse to try the cooking creams. Headed out to the store now to buy these ingredients to try for this weekend. Thanks :)

  • Jacob camp May 23, 2012, 2:45 pm

    awesome stuff mom

  • carissa May 23, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Umm yum!

  • Renee J Ross May 23, 2012, 3:23 pm

    THis looks delicious! And that is saying a lot considering I don’t even eat chicken!
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  • Lisa May 23, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it. Yum!

  • leigh May 23, 2012, 3:49 pm

    sounds yummy. And if the 10 year old likes I’m sure I will too!

  • Se7en May 23, 2012, 3:56 pm

    I am so going to make this for my hubs for lunch!!! He has all these ingredients in separate containers in his box and he creates a sandwich at his desk… think he will love this!!! And your ago guide is brilliant!!!
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  • Yvonne Templeton May 23, 2012, 4:28 pm

    The recipe looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to make it and try it myself.
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  • Jennifer@Mami2Mommy May 23, 2012, 4:33 pm

    This looks so perfect for the summer! And because I am no cook by any means it seems simple enough for even an amateur like myself to enjoy. Thanks so much for sharing and love your beautiful photos!
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  • Bill Jacobs May 23, 2012, 4:42 pm

    Can’t wait to try this. It looks delicious.

  • Ann at Mundane Magic May 23, 2012, 4:46 pm

    I love the idea of corn and avocados with the chicken. I can’t wait to try this…pinning it to my boards on Pinterest for easy access!
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  • Sue May 23, 2012, 5:02 pm

    Can’t wait to make this!

  • Caroline May 23, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Dawn, you are so creative! Looks like a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Krystal May 23, 2012, 5:18 pm

    I do believe this will suit my lovely new gestational diabetes prego diet just fine! ;) Looking for creative ways to not feel tortured for the next 10 wks!!! :) Thanks for helping Dawn!!
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  • Sharon Camp May 23, 2012, 5:37 pm

    Sounds like a really good recipe to try. Coming from you I know it will be good.

  • Laura May 23, 2012, 5:49 pm

    This looks great! I’m totally going to try this! Excellen job!

  • Sara May 23, 2012, 6:01 pm

    This looks delicious, I would love to try it! And your photos are excellent as usual!
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  • Lennie May 23, 2012, 6:09 pm

    Looks YUMMY!! Can’t wait to try it

  • sprittibee May 23, 2012, 6:11 pm

    I knew you had it in you. ;) That sounds delish.
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  • Angela May 23, 2012, 6:17 pm

    Wow! That looks fantastic! Great pics1
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  • Tiffany Stuart May 23, 2012, 6:26 pm

    Looks amazing. I think I’m going to leave my computer now and see what I have in my kitchen. It’s pushing 5pm. :)
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  • Angela Nazworth May 23, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Oh my goodness! This looks amazing. I love that you used all fresh ingredients. And the pictures are awesome!
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  • Erin May 23, 2012, 6:59 pm

    This looks just so yummy! I can’t wait to try it! :)

  • Rebecca May 23, 2012, 7:13 pm

    YUMMY! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Kristen@Chasing Blue Skies May 23, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Ohmystars, I wanna eat my computer screen! YUM!!
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  • Iris Kronz May 23, 2012, 8:07 pm

    I bet this is amazing….my friend is an awesome cook.

  • Valerie May 23, 2012, 8:40 pm

    This looks amazing. It is a neat twist on the classic. Cannot wait to try it out!

  • Sandra Hicks May 23, 2012, 9:08 pm

    Looks great!!

  • Linda Godwin May 23, 2012, 9:10 pm

    This looks so good. I am anxious to try it. I have tried recipes with all the different Philadelphia cream cheese and have loved all of them

  • Teresa Durand May 23, 2012, 9:49 pm

    I can’t wait to try this.

  • Kerrie-Lee Britnell May 23, 2012, 9:51 pm

    I have put Philadelphia cream cheese on my grocery list and I look forward to trying this yummy looking recipe! The combination of ingredients sound wonderful. Soon to be a favourite, I am sure!

  • Holley Gerth May 23, 2012, 9:58 pm

    This looks fantastic, Dawn!
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  • Aubrey May 23, 2012, 10:05 pm

    Brave girl you are, creating a recipe all in your head. I’ll just use yours, thank you very much! Sounds delicious!
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  • Loni May 23, 2012, 10:05 pm

    It does look wonderful! :) I will be trying this in the near future! :)
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  • Christy May 23, 2012, 10:20 pm

    Oh my this looks delish! I adore making yummy sandwich type meals during the summer… Adding the ingredients to my shopping list. :)

  • Melissa McLane May 23, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Sounds great! Thanks for sharing! : )

  • Amanda May 23, 2012, 10:31 pm

    Oh my… This sounds amazing!! Great for summer lunches! I’m not a fan of mayo, so chicken salad with cream cheese is perfect!

  • Emily May 23, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Looks wonderful and lovely pictoral instructions!

  • Sheri Wetekam May 23, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Looks yummy yummy . Can’t wait to fix it :p

  • Micah Laughlin May 23, 2012, 10:52 pm

    Joy in cheese form!

  • Betty Davies May 23, 2012, 11:04 pm

    This recipe look amazing…will try it!!

  • Brenda Bryant May 23, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Looks and sounds delish! Definitely a must try!

  • matthew May 23, 2012, 11:23 pm

    My wife told me I had to leave a comment.

    Just being honest.

    But I hope you win.
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  • hayden May 23, 2012, 11:38 pm

    omg that’s so delicious! i just made it! oh scrumpt scrumpt scrumpt

  • Savannnah May 23, 2012, 11:45 pm

    look really good :)

  • Karin May 23, 2012, 11:46 pm

    I would have never thought to combine corn and avocado in a chic salad mix. I don’t eat chicken anymore but this recipe looks and sounds fabulous. I am going to substitute a mock chicken and try it this weekend. Lovely and just in time for the Memorial Day holiday! Thanks for submitting!

  • Kelly @ One Woman May 24, 2012, 12:01 am

    Looks absolutely scrumptious! It has all my favorite foods. Definitely have to try it!

  • Debbie May 24, 2012, 12:27 am

    Looks yummy…can’t wait to try it !!!!

  • Arianne May 24, 2012, 12:41 am

    Looks soooo good!
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  • Sherry L. B. May 24, 2012, 12:45 am

    Looks delicious!!

  • Jacob May 24, 2012, 12:46 am

    That looks really good!

  • Robin Echols May 24, 2012, 12:55 am

    Wow! I love chix salad! Always eager to try a new recipe for it, too! Love the avocado add!

  • cody May 24, 2012, 12:59 am

    Excellent recipe

  • dee May 24, 2012, 1:15 am

    YUM!!! I cannot wait to try this!!:)

  • Debra May 24, 2012, 1:21 am

    Wow, this looks so delicious, can’t wait to make some for myself!

  • Carrington May 24, 2012, 1:23 am

    Oh yuuuuuuuummmmy! Can’t wait to try it!

  • John May 24, 2012, 1:32 am

    It looks so good. And I think I could even make it.

  • Lesli Richards May 24, 2012, 5:53 am

    I can’t wait to try that!

  • niki smith May 24, 2012, 6:03 am

    Fabulous! yummy:)

  • Sarah May 24, 2012, 6:20 am

    I might have to take this recipe to my family reunion this year! I’ve never thought of taking chicken salad to the southwest side of the US. Great idea!

  • Cooper May 24, 2012, 6:22 am

    Dawn! Your recipe looks delish! And I love the avocado info too!
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  • Lisa-Jo@thegypsymama May 24, 2012, 6:46 am

    DELISH!! Voting 2 thumbs up and wishing I was eating it right now!
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  • Tara Mewbourne May 24, 2012, 6:58 am

    mmmmmm! can’t wait to try this!

  • Misti s. May 24, 2012, 7:15 am

    Interesting idea! Never thought of adding a southwest twist to it!

  • Patti May 24, 2012, 7:16 am

    Wow! Looks great. Instructions so clear, I could do this.

  • Bethany May 24, 2012, 7:27 am

    Looks delicious!

  • Eileen May 24, 2012, 7:27 am

    Looks yummy Dawn!

  • Maren Pellegrino May 24, 2012, 7:28 am

    Looks GREAT! Perfect for Summer!

  • oh amanda May 24, 2012, 7:30 am

    I LOVE a good chicken salad! And with fresh corn? AND CILANTRO? When can I come over?

  • Adrienne Sharman May 24, 2012, 7:30 am

    Great recipe to follow and it looks SO good! Definitely one to try!

  • Samantha May 24, 2012, 7:31 am

    YUM!!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Emily Gerke May 24, 2012, 7:34 am

    Looks awesome and easy to make!

  • Jessica Anderson May 24, 2012, 7:35 am

    looks awesome!! Well def have to try this!

  • Jill Jones May 24, 2012, 7:35 am

    Woohoo, sounds delicious!!

  • Natalie May 24, 2012, 7:38 am

    this looks amazing!!!!

  • saul May 24, 2012, 7:41 am

    Yum! Especially if it tastes as good as your awesome pictures make it look :)

  • Diane Stevens May 24, 2012, 7:42 am

    Looks Yummy!

  • Cecilia May 24, 2012, 7:44 am

    Sounds yummy!

  • Emmi May 24, 2012, 7:49 am

    That looks so yum and easy to make. Thanks for the avocado chart. I can never tell when they are ripe or not! Oh and that pic of your son looks professional! Good Luck on the contest.

  • Valerie May 24, 2012, 7:49 am

    Looks like a recipe worth trying although I will probably add some salt & pepper.

  • LA May 24, 2012, 7:50 am

    Yummu!! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Amy Howard May 24, 2012, 7:50 am

    Sounds so Yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Samantha H May 24, 2012, 8:01 am

    This sounds great! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Jamie Schlef May 24, 2012, 8:29 am

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try…very impressed!

  • Rachel May 24, 2012, 8:36 am

    Looks yummy!

  • Rachel May 24, 2012, 8:37 am


  • Tracy Stephens May 24, 2012, 8:40 am

    I love avocadoes! That looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  • Joanie weaver May 24, 2012, 8:41 am

    My goodness!! This looks delicious!

  • Nickie May 24, 2012, 8:44 am

    Oh my goodness, I CANNOT wait to make this recipe. I never thought to put Philadelphia cooking creme in chicken salad. Thanks!

  • Phillip May 24, 2012, 8:47 am

    Wonderful looking recipe. Would have never thougt of it.

  • Debbie May 24, 2012, 8:53 am

    Looks good to me…

  • Lauren Barash May 24, 2012, 9:05 am

    You’ve got my vote Dawn! And great pics!

  • Katie May 24, 2012, 9:10 am

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Caroline W. May 24, 2012, 9:14 am

    You are so creative, Mrs. Camp!! This looks absolutely amazing! :)

  • Rachel Corbitt May 24, 2012, 9:15 am


  • Shannon Smith May 24, 2012, 9:20 am

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Loved the Avocado tip about ripened appearance, and the cute comment: “Don’t mash those lovely chunks of avocado!”

  • Stephanie May 24, 2012, 9:20 am

    Sounds yummy!

  • Lyn Thomas May 24, 2012, 9:22 am

    This rocks. Throw up looking food is always good.

  • ellen May 24, 2012, 9:24 am

    sounds great!!!!

  • Wearethatfamily May 24, 2012, 9:24 am

    yum! I want this now, Dawn! Do you deliver??
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  • Randy May 24, 2012, 9:25 am

    Wow, is it lunch time yet?

  • Nester May 24, 2012, 9:32 am

    OH my goodness, that looks so YUM! and easy too, thanks Dawn!
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  • Katey Garner May 24, 2012, 9:32 am

    Sounds Yummy! Good luck :)

  • Julie Fendt May 24, 2012, 9:33 am

    So good perfect for any get together!!!!!

  • Krista May 24, 2012, 9:33 am

    I love that it doesn’t call for mayo…gonna have to try it!

  • Bill W. May 24, 2012, 9:36 am

    Looks good Dawn. Good luck

  • Becki May 24, 2012, 9:39 am

    Can’t wait to try it! And thanks for the helpful info on picking avocados!!!

  • elizabeth holder May 24, 2012, 9:41 am

    This sounds and looks delicious! Love the step-by-step photos, too. This is a recipe I will DEFINITELY try.

  • Mandy May 24, 2012, 9:42 am

    mmm… this looks delicious, Dawn! I’ll have to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sabra Camp May 24, 2012, 9:49 am

    Yummy, that looks delicious! Can’t wait to eat it!

  • Jennifer Hutchinson May 24, 2012, 9:49 am

    Looks delish! Pinning this for future use!

  • Karen Costa May 24, 2012, 9:50 am

    Yummy, will be trying this this weekend!

  • John May 24, 2012, 9:52 am

    I love new recipes, thanks for sharing!

  • Marie Hart May 24, 2012, 9:53 am

    sounds good enough to eat! a nice twist on an old favorite!

  • Michelle coleman May 24, 2012, 9:53 am

    Love ur post!

  • Jen May 24, 2012, 9:53 am

    Yum… you got me with the avocado! :)
    Sure looks like a winner!

  • Brian May 24, 2012, 9:54 am

    Looks tastey

  • Sydney coleman May 24, 2012, 9:55 am

    Love this!

  • Kelly May 24, 2012, 9:56 am

    Good stuff. I approve. hope you win

    • charmaine July 30, 2013, 4:07 pm

      mouth watering,and delicious must try it for my family.

  • tatum coleman May 24, 2012, 9:57 am


  • lynda May 24, 2012, 9:58 am

    yummy for the tummy. Anxious to try

  • brent coleman May 24, 2012, 9:58 am

    Wish my wife would make this!

  • Jake May 24, 2012, 9:59 am

    i want some. Have Bryan bring some to work.

  • Laraine somaini May 24, 2012, 9:59 am


  • Davy May 24, 2012, 10:00 am

    your husband told me to check this out. I agree with Jake, send some to work.

  • Anna May 24, 2012, 10:04 am

    Looks delicious!

  • frankie May 24, 2012, 10:05 am

    Yummy! A great summer evening on the patio meal.

  • Joanna May 24, 2012, 10:11 am

    This looks delicious!

  • Sarah Mae May 24, 2012, 10:12 am

    I want this now.

  • Angie May 24, 2012, 10:32 am

    This looks awesome!!!!

  • Melissa May 24, 2012, 10:34 am

    Sounds soooooo good!

  • Heydon May 24, 2012, 10:39 am

    I hope my wife makes this. It looks good.

  • Jennifer May 24, 2012, 11:03 am

    Looks great!!! Can’t wait to try it:)

  • Heather May 24, 2012, 11:03 am

    I love trying new recipes and this one looks like it’s perfect for summer. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Jasmine May 24, 2012, 11:10 am

    Your pictures are AMAZING and the food looks SO good~!
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  • Stacy May 24, 2012, 11:11 am

    Looks delicious! Will try this during the summer!

  • Harrison May 24, 2012, 1:52 pm

    looks gooooood cant wait to try it!

  • Gwen T May 24, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Looks absolutely wonderful!!!

  • Amy Bayliss May 24, 2012, 6:04 pm

    Oh my… girl, great recipe!
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  • Rachel May 24, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Amazing photos!

  • Linda Chapman May 25, 2012, 8:55 am

    This sounds Delicious, can’t wait to try it!!

  • Courtney May 28, 2012, 9:42 am

    Soooooo goood! Best Chicken Salad I have ever tried!

  • Patricia May 28, 2012, 12:15 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  • Kim von Oepen July 19, 2012, 12:57 pm

    I love chicken salad and this looks like it is awesome. I will have to try it this
    weekend!! Thank you!

  • MARY SLOAN July 19, 2012, 8:43 pm

    What a unique way to use uncooked corn. I love uncooked corn but everybody thinks I’m CRAZY . This receipe makes me seem legit. I love everything about it. Thank You, Mary

  • Yvonne Cacy July 15, 2013, 4:59 pm

    2006, my entire home burned to the ground!! Lost all my great recipes!
    I lost everything!!! So the past 7 years my favorite past time is collecting great recipes! I cant wait to try this Southwest Chicken Salad. It’s perfect for a HOT summer day!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing this online.! I cook all the time with crème cheese…it is the perfect base for any home made white sauce! I will post results of what my grown adult kids think of this dish…Again I am grateful, Thank you! Have a Blessed Day!!

  • Vikki July 16, 2013, 9:02 am

    Loove avacados, and I’ve been looking for a chicken salad recipe. This one looks like a jackpot. Can’t wait to try it

  • Beth July 27, 2013, 10:12 pm

    Not only does this look good but it sounds really good. Going to pin it and try it out next week. Looking forward to tasting it.

  • Joni May 5, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Looks and sounds very enticing! I’m always up for a new chicken salad.

  • Donna July 11, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Sounds delicious, can’t wait to try this.

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